Instead of visiting every pumpkin patch in town, why not take the little ghosts and gobblins out to something a little off the pumpkin path? Whether it’s trick-or-treating through theme parks or taking a ride on the Pumpkin Express Train, San Diego has lots of haunted events that won’t leave the wee ones frightened for years to come. Click through the slideshow to see our picks for the best Halloween treats in town.

Boomont Park

Everyone's favorite beach-side amusement park transforms itself into a month-long Halloween extravaganza. Mission Beach's "Boomont" Park is full of fun events for the smallest kids to the seasoned Halloween partiers. Activities include the haunted Boomont Manor and Zombie Laser Tag where the creates join you in the adventure. There's also a pumpkin patch and painting, super her Zip Line and Rock Wall, and the Giant Dipper that is transformed into a Haunted Coaster. And it wouldn't be a Halloween celebration without trick-or-treating! Kids can trick-or-treat for free Fri. - Sun., from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 2 - 31
Cost: Free/admission and parking; $6/Admission to Boomont Manor Haunted House; $6/Spooky Coaster; $8/Zombie Laser Tag

3146 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, Ca 92109

Photo credit: Synergy Communications

  • Boomont Park
  • San Elijo Nature Center Not-So-Scary Estuary
  • Pumpkin Palooza
  • Sea World Spooktacular
  • The Pumpkin Express
  • Brick-or-Treat at Legoland
  • Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked!
  • Boo! Parade and Carnival
  • San Diego Children's Discovery Museum's Fall Family Festival

Does your family attend local Halloween events? Tell us which ones in the comments!

— Leah R. Singer